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The People’s Right to Recall

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The two-thirds super-majority held by Democrats in Sacramento has allowed them to pass the largest gasoline tax increase in state history. This huge tax and fee increase has proven to be extremely unpopular. Recent polls suggest that 58% of registered voters disapprove. In fact, 72% of the Inland Empire, which is part of my district, […]

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GEAR UP, An Education Success Story

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  Assemblymember Marie Waldron …. As the mother of a high school student, education has always been one of my top concerns. That’s why I’m so encouraged by “GEAR UP” — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. That’s a long name for a beneficial program that has helped almost one million low-income students in […]

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Healthcare is Costly, Never Free

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

$400 billion dollars is the projected cost of a new government run healthcare plan proposed in Sacramento. That is twice the state’s budget! Costing around $22,000 for every employed person in California – that’s a massive new tax to pay for “free” healthcare for all! Senate Bill 562, by Senator Ricardo Lara (D – Bell […]

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Agriculture is Vital

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  North County  /  No Comments

This week at the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual installation/awards celebration in Fallbrook, I was proud to recognize Gary Crouch with an Assembly Resolution honoring him as “Farmer of the Year”.  As the owner of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, Gary has been active in the Farm Bureau for decades and was one of the first […]

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Honoring California’s Peace Officers

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The annual ceremony at the California Peace Officer’s Memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty was held in Capitol Park in Sacramento last week.  Over 3,000 men and women in uniform traveled to Sacramento to attend, including Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials.  The ceremony which includes a […]

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Transparency In Government Is Not Optional

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Recently, the California State Auditor revealed that the Office of the President of the University of California did not disclose to the UC Board of Regents, to the Legislature or the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-16. The report reveals that the Office of the President asked […]

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Awareness of Genetic Testing Saves Lives

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be scary and uncertain.   As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am seeking ways to improve access to new and innovative treatments, cures and therapies to prevent diseases and save lives. This session I introduced Assembly Bill 1386, establishing a women’s health pilot program to raise awareness […]

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A Pothole in the Wallet

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Special interests and bought-off legislators recently passed the largest gasoline tax increase in California history, probably in American history! And not one new highway mile will be built to help reduce congestion…..not one! Last session, I introduced AB X1-14 during the transportation special session called by the Governor. My bill required a formal commitment in the […]

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Mental Health and Drug Abuse – A Dual Issue

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the bi-partisan Mental Health Caucus, the critical problem of co-occurring disorders: mental health and drug addiction leads to increasing crime and homelessness and ultimately impacts safety throughout California.  This session I have introduced two bills which will address treatment issues for inmates in county jails with […]

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Opposing Gas Tax Hikes on Hardworking Californians

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

“I stand with our low-income residents, our Veterans, our women balancing multiple jobs in single parent households, our underserved,  the middle income worker, the disabled, our hardworking Californians and small business owners in opposition to increasing gas taxes and vehicle fees, already among the highest in the nation.” said Assemblymember Marie Waldron.  “California’s worn out, insufficient roads and […]

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Hosed at the Pump

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 That’s the message from Governor Brown and his Sacramento allies as they passed Senate Bill 1, imposing massive tax increases on California’s motorists. Our worn out roads are a direct result of failed leadership and broken promises, not a lack of money.  Californians already pay among the highest fuel and vehicle fees in the nation. […]

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Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As with so many issues involving medical research and healthcare, San Diego County is ground zero in the battle against Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s why I was so pleased to help moderate “A Community Discussion on Alzheimer’s,’ sponsored by Biocom and Biogen that recently took place in San Diego.  The event covered all aspects of the […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron..”My Bills Are Moving”

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

March has been a busy month in Sacramento as the Legislature moves into high gear. Happily, four of my bills have received overwhelming bi-partisan support, all passing votes in their respective committees on March 21. My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act, passed the Assembly Health Committee in a unanimous […]

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Protecting California Wildlife

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 My Assembly Bill, AB 1031, will help California’s native wildlife receive care and rehabilitation provided by non-profit organizations throughout the state.  My bill allows taxpayers filing their tax returns to voluntarily `check off’ a specified amount to support the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund.  On a daily basis, California’s animal rehabilitation organizations rescue injured, sick or […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Announces 2017 Woman of the Year

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 I am honored to name Martha “Marty” Tiedeman my Woman of the Year for 2017.   California’s Woman of the Year program was founded 30 years ago to celebrate contributions to society made by our state’s remarkable women.  With her long history of dedicated public service, Marty Tiedeman is well-deserving of this recognition.   Marty’s public service […]

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Protecting Seniors from Abuse

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

My Assembly Bill 728 will not allow convictions of elder/dependent adult abuse to be eligible for “expungement”.  An expungement proceeding is designed to have the records of a prior conviction destroyed, eliminated or sealed.  While current law allows expungement of criminal records under certain circumstances, elder abuse should not be included.  San Diego County alone […]

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Rebuilding Our Transportation Infrastructure

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Last week I joined my Assembly Republican colleagues to announce introduction of the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act (TRRIP). Unlike other proposals you may have heard about, our plan will restore and enhance California’s transportation infrastructure, without raising taxes! Since the 1970s our population has almost doubled, but our highway system has not kept […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron – Hooking Kids on Fishing

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  My new Assembly Bill 478, will raise the age requirement for the purchase of fishing licenses by two years. By raising the age from 16 to 18 years, we will expose larger numbers of California’s youth to nature, expand their life experiences and perhaps, their futures. This is especially important for youth living in […]

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Supporting the Life Sciences

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am working to open up access for new innovative treatments, cures and therapies that directly impact the lives of thousands of Californians. Ensuring that California maintains its pivotal role as a center for life sciences research is a vital part of these efforts. Continuing the medical […]

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Combating the Heroin Epidemic

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act helps to combat the growth of heroin and Opioid abuse throughout California. Heroin, a cheaper equivalent to Opioids, has become widely available, and unfortunately, California is now ground zero in this escalating epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States in all […]

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